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Ready Or Not: As Storms Become Stronger, What’s In Store For Coastal Drinking Wells?

Water well. Photo by Juan Rodriguez for RIPR

Water well. Photo by Juan Rodriguez for RIPR

Hurricanes can push extra sea water toward the shore. And that water, called storm surge, can flood streets and basements. But scientists at the University of Rhode Island are wondering, how can that water impact coastal drinking wells?

During this next installment of our series Ready or Not, Rhode Island Public Radio’s environment reporter Avory Brookins takes a look at how extreme weather events could threaten the quality of drinking water for thousands of coastal residents.